Two 50 car pile up crashes close interstates and create long delays for drivers

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INDIANAPOLIS (February 14, 2016) - There were dozens of wrecks across central Indiana throughout Valentine's Day. Cars were slipping, sliding and crashing into ditches, causing chain-reaction wrecks.

“There was a big semi and all of these cars were crashing into each other and we saw and heard everything. It was really scary,” says Brenda Betancourt, who was just one of around 60 drivers who lost control on the snow covered roads and crashed on I-65 near Lebanon. The result: a massive pileup of passenger cars and semi trucks.

“The roads were really slippery and I could not see,” she said.

The snow created very dangerous conditions for drivers traveling all around central Indiana. The Lebanon Fire Department says one person was extricated from their car and at least 30 others were treated at local hospitals.

“All we heard were ambulances everywhere and there were so many cops asking people if they were OK,” Betancourt recalled.

Just minutes later on I-70 in Putnam County there was another 50 vehicle crash that left cars and semis in the ditch near U.S. 231 and Cloverdale. Drivers who were not caught up in the nasty crash could not believe their eyes.

“There were cars and semis piled up for at least a good mile or more. I have never seen anything like that before in person,” says driver Deanna Pelley.

Add in major traffic issues in Johnson County that shut down I-65 North and Southbound from Whiteland Road to South of Franklin due to numerous slide offs and multi vehicle crashes, and it made for a dangerous day for drivers.